The Liberty Christian baseball team begins its quest for a state title Thursday afternoon in Joplin. The Eagles were given the No. 1 seed in the Missouri Christian Schools Athletic Association …
The Liberty Christian baseball team begins its quest for a state title Thursday afternoon in Joplin.
The Eagles were given the No. 1 seed in the Missouri Christian Schools Athletic Association Tournament, and earned a bye into the quarterfinals.
“It feels good to be the top seed, and there’s definitely a level of swagger with the guys this year, but I keep telling them that until we win the thing, we’re not No. 1,” Head Coach Bill Ball said Tuesday. “We want to have that chip on our shoulder, and finishing third the last few years makes that easier.”
The Eagles will play No. 8 seed Tower Grove or No. 9 CAGSL Thursday at 4 p.m.
David Brumagin is expected to start Game 1.
“He’s a great leader,” Ball said. “He might not be the best player on the team, but he hustles everywhere and he’s the best leader I’ve coached.”
A win would put the team into the semifinals Friday against No. 4 Christian Fellowship or No. 5 Maryville, and Ball said Dakota Ball would get the start for the Eagles.
Andrew Voss would start the championship game, which is scheduled for Saturday at 9 a.m.
“We’ve gotten better as the season went on, and we really started to gel,” Ball said. “And if we pitch well this weekend, I think we’ll be OK.”
.JOPLIN BOUND —Liberty Christian's Dakota Ball delivers a pitch during the Eagles' home final last month. The team earned the No. 1 seed in this week's state tournament in Joplin. Kory Carpenter photo.